China at Crossroads: Balancing The Economy and Environment – Environmental Expert (press release)

China at Crossroads: Balancing The Economy and Environment
Environmental Expert (press release)
As Xu Jianchu, director of the East Asia office of the World Agroforestry Center, makes clear, “Solving China's 21st century problems requires an approach that integrates ecological and social planning.” To date, China has largely failed to do this

Special Offer on Permaculture Voices Conference – Permaculture Magazine


Permaculture Magazine

Special Offer on Permaculture Voices Conference
Permaculture Magazine
One of the world's largest professional permaculture gatherings, The Permaculture Voices Conference, takes place 13 – 16 March 2014 in Temecula, Southern California, USA. During the three days there will be over 50 sessions on offer, with over 40

Deformities, sickness and livestock deaths: the real cost of GM animal feed? – The Ecologist

Deformities, sickness and livestock deaths: the real cost of GM animal feed?
The Ecologist
television channel ARD broadcast a documentary featuring the farmer's claims, and Pedersen himself recently travelled to the UK to address a packed symposium at the House of Commons, organised by the All Party Parliamentary Group On Agroecology.

REDD+ highlights tenure problems, but does not solve them – Forests News, Center for International Forestry Research (blog)


Forests News, Center for International Forestry Research (blog)

REDD+ highlights tenure problems, but does not solve them
Forests News, Center for International Forestry Research (blog)
primarily aimed at imposing new limitations on poor people in forests, and rather look for alternatives that build on local experience of what works to conserve forests.” This work forms part of the CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and

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Counting our blessings

This week people all across the country will pause — over family feasts, football games, and special commemorations like this one sponsored by the International Indian Treaty Rights Council — to count their blessings, and to appreciate their friends, families and community.

So before we head off to be with our loved ones, I want to thank the thousands of people — including you, Dear Reader — who make Pesticide Action Network a force to be reckoned with. Without the advocates, online activists, community partners, donors and allied organizations who all contribute to our movement, we wouldn’t have had nearly as much good news to celebrate.

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Time for fumigants to go

Last year, thanks to incredible public outcry, cancer-causing methyl iodide was taken off the market. But other fumigant pesticides are still in wide use on strawberry fields and beyond, and they are among the most toxic and difficult-to-control agricultural chemicals.

Recognizing their hazardous nature, EPA is currently reviewing the federal rules for drift-prone fumigants — years earlier than the normal review cycle.

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KNOWFOR Promotes Forests in Drylands to Improve Resilience – IISD Reporting Services

KNOWFOR Promotes Forests in Drylands to Improve Resilience
IISD Reporting Services
26 November 2013: The World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) has released the results of the KNOWFOR project to promote and share good practices for tree management and agroforestry in drylands in Africa. The project enhanced resilience to shocks such as 

Nicola Peel Wins Campaigner of the Year at the PEA Awards – Permaculture Magazine


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Nicola Peel Wins Campaigner of the Year at the PEA Awards
Permaculture Magazine
Our team here at Permaculture magazine were amongst the 10 finalists for the PEAple's Favourite Award, where the public voted for their favoutite Small to Medium-size Ethical company. Permaculture magazine polled considerably more votes than all our 

BSU research hopes to raise awareness on climate change – Baguio Midland Courier

BSU research hopes to raise awareness on climate change
Baguio Midland Courier
The two studies under the first project are: “Community education on climate change” and “Benguet vegetable agro-ecosystem: Community-level vulnerability and adaptive capacity assessment to climate change across different Agroforestry Ecological Zones 

Thanking farmworkers

A bountiful table surrounded by friends and family — that's how many of us celebrate Thanksgiving. So it makes sense that this week, we pause and give thanks to the many people who make the celebration possible.

From the farmers who grow the food, to the workers who package and process it, to the millions of farmworkers who work extraordinarily hard to cultivate and harvest the crops that sustain us all, those all along the food chain deserve our thanks — and our support.

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Eminence Organic Skin Care Celebrates First Anniversary of Inspiring … – PR Web (press release)

Eminence Organic Skin Care Celebrates First Anniversary of Inspiring
PR Web (press release)
We are dedicated to planting trees around the world to not only support the environment, but to affect change in developing countries by providing guidance for agroforestry with members of each community,” says John Leary, Executive Director of Trees

Local Students Receive Audubon Toyota TogetherGreen Fellowships – Prescott eNews

Local Students Receive Audubon Toyota TogetherGreen Fellowships
Prescott eNews
Clare will launch a project to identify, capture, and share the stories of 12 to 20 women farmers in the Upper Midwest whose practices provide role models of sound agroecology, civic engagement, and economic viability; in other words what is referred

Young women joining ranks of Wisconsin deer hunters – The Oshkosh Northwestern

Young women joining ranks of Wisconsin deer hunters
The Oshkosh Northwestern
She earned her master's in agroecology — the study of food production systems — from UW-Madison in 2010 and now works with a food growers cooperative. Maynard said the natural extension of her experiences was to take a DNR hunting class after 

AfDB Acts as International Knowledge Broker for Key Environmental Mechanism … – HispanicBusiness.com

AfDB Acts as International Knowledge Broker for Key Environmental Mechanism
HispanicBusiness.com
The World Agroforestry Centre presented a case study on the Naivasha and Sasumua watershed areas in Kenya , which presented a practical and demonstrable model for the application of the PES mechanism. A further case study presented on behalf of the 

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AfDB Acts as International Knowledge Broker for Key Environmental Mechanism – AllAfrica.com

AfDB Acts as International Knowledge Broker for Key Environmental Mechanism
AllAfrica.com
The World Agroforestry Centre presented a case study on the Naivasha and Sasumua watershed areas in Kenya, which presented a practical and demonstrable model for the application of the PES mechanism. A further case study presented on behalf of the 

Young women joining ranks of Wiscoinsin deer hunters – The Oshkosh Northwestern

Young women joining ranks of Wiscoinsin deer hunters
The Oshkosh Northwestern
She earned her master's in agroecology — the study of food production systems — from UW-Madison in 2010 and now works with a food growers cooperative. Maynard said the natural extension of her experiences was to take a DNR hunting class after 

Thanksgiving: Feasting, Fasting and Climate Change – Toward Freedom


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Thanksgiving: Feasting, Fasting and Climate Change
Toward Freedom
Over the last half-century it has also destroyed 70% of the planet's agro-biodiversity, undermining agroecological resilience and severely limiting the ability of farmers to cope with global warming. Despite claims by Monsanto that its “climate smart
Role of universities in climate change debate University World News



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Deer hunters, be sure downed animal was healthy before eating venison

Food-safety specialists with Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences annually issue warnings to deer hunters to keep food safety in mind if they are fortunate enough to get a buck or a doe, and this fall is no exception. However, this year because of the discovery of chronic wasting disease in wild Pennsylvania deer, they are cautioning hunters to be sure their animal appears healthy.

Role of universities in climate change debate – University World News

Role of universities in climate change debate
University World News
Research funding pours in to support industrial agricultural technologies, with potential for privatiseable intellectual property rights, while there is virtually nothing available to support the knowledge-intensive agro-ecology that we really need to

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World Campus 15th anniversary symposium to be streamed live Dec. 2

In 1998, Penn State became one of the leaders in online education with the establishment of its online World Campus. Throughout this year, the University is holding a series of events to celebrate this anniversary. On Monday, Dec. 2, the University community is invited to participate in the symposium “Penn State World Campus — Past, Present and Future” from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Penn State Public Media will stream the discussion live from the Nittany Lion Inn at http://wpsu.org/live/convocation13/.

Scientists Discover that Exposure to Light Dramatically Improves Electrical … – Permaculture Magazine


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Scientists Discover that Exposure to Light Dramatically Improves Electrical
Permaculture Magazine
An accidental discovery by a research scientist has demonstrated that exposure to light dramatically increases conductivity of crystals. The approach, called 'holographic memory', could dramatically increase the memory capacity of computer chips

Leaf litter decomposition in remote oceanic islands: the role of macroinvertebrates vs microbial decomposition of native vs exotic plant species

Publication date: Available online 22 November 2013
Source:Limnologica – Ecology and Management of Inland Waters
Author(s): Pedro Miguel Raposeiro , Gustavo Martins , Isadora Moniz , Andreia Cunha , Ana Cristina Costa , Vitor Gonçalves
Freshwater communities on remote oceanic islands can be depauperate due to the influence of biogeographic processes that operate over a range of spatial scales, influencing the colonization of organisms, and events that shape local freshwater assemblages. The consequences of this paucity in organism diversity for the functioning of these ecosystems are, however, not well understood. Here, we examine the relative decomposition rate of leaf litter of native vs. exotic origin by aquatic macroinvertebrates and microbial communities in an isolated and depauperate oceanic environment. Bags containing a standard amount of leaf litter of each of 10 tree species (5 native and 5 non-native species) were deployed on two streams. Two types of bags differing in mesh size were used to allow or prevent the access of leaf litter to macroinvertebrates, respectively. Over a period of 28 days, mass loss of leaf litter was similar in the two bag types suggesting that macroinvertebrates had little influence on the break down of leaf litter in this system. In addition, there was no difference in mass loss of leaf litter of native and exotic origin. Decomposition rates were highly species-specific suggesting that decomposition rates were related to inhibitory substance specific of each leaf species. Our results add to the wider literature by showing that in depauperate and isolated ecosystems, and in contrast to temperate continental ecosystems, decomposition of plant litter by aquatic macroinvertebrates is negligible.

Conference told farming has key role to play in Agri-Tech Strategy – Horticulture Week

Conference told farming has key role to play in Agri-Tech Strategy
Horticulture Week
However, Baroness Miller, who co-chairs the All-Party Agro-Ecology Group, said: "It's not clear to the public what 'agri-tech' is. It's not just shorthand for GM – it has to meet the challenges of food security, lower carbon emissions, biodiversity

Blueberries for the Home Gardener

Title: Blueberries for the Home Gardener
Location: UCSC Farm
Description: On Saturday, February 22, from 10 am – 1 pm, join CASFS/UCSC Farm field production manager Liz Milazzo to learn about varietal selection, site selection, planting, pruning and general care of blueberries in the home garden.

PRE REGISTRATION: $30 for general public, $20 for Friends of the Farm & Garden members, $5 for current UCSC students. PAY ONLINE at http://berryclass.bpt.me or call 831.459-3240, casfs@ucsc.edu for information on pre-registering by check.

PAY AT THE DOOR: $40 for general public, $30 for Friends of the Farm & Garden members, $5 for current UCSC students (cash or check only).

Note: Heavy rain cancels. FULL REFUND IF RAIN CANCELS EVENT. Rainout date March 1

Start Time: 10:00
Date: 2014-02-22
End Time: 13:00

Flight distance of mosquitoes (Culicidae): A metadata analysis to support the management of barrier zones around rewetted and newly constructed wetlands

Publication date: Available online 20 November 2013
Source:Limnologica – Ecology and Management of Inland Waters
Author(s): Piet F.M. Verdonschot , Anna A. Besse-Lototskaya
Society responds to changes in climate and land use via mitigation measures, including rainwater retention and storage in rewetted and newly constructed wetlands. Humans living close to these wetlands express concerns about future mosquito nuisance situations, and request the necessary distance between human occupation and wetlands to avoid such problems. Wetland managers need to know the distance required, as well as the type of management needed for such buffer or barrier zones. Here we performed an extensive literature survey to collect quantitative information on mosquito flight distance and the relevant environmental conditions. Mosquitoes have an average maximum flight distance of between 50 m to 50 km, depending on the species. Long-distance or migratory flights are strongly related to species ecological preferences and physiology, are survived by few specimens, and do not relate to nuisance situations. Nuisance-related or non-oriented flights are also species-specific and cover much shorter distances-between 25 m and 6 km for the 23 species analyzed. Based on these results, we made regression-based estimations of the percentages of the population that cross certain distances. A 90% reduction in breeding site population density would require minimal distances of 56 m for Anopheles saperoi and 8.6 km for Anopheles sinensis, and much greater distances for Aedes vexans, Culex quinquefasciatus, and Culiseta morsitans. Little useful information was available regarding the environmental conditions under which non-oriented flights took place. Qualitatively, the review showed that flight capacity was influenced by landscape structure, meteorological conditions (temperature, humidity, and illumination), and species physiology (energy available for flight). Overall, our findings suggest that predictions regarding the construction of barrier zones around breeding sites can be made based on mosquito and host density and human nuisance perception, and that barrier zone usefulness strongly depends on the mosquito species involved. Additional quantitative research is needed to better document the non-oriented dispersal patterns of the mosquitoes that populate rewetted and newly constructed wetlands, and the effects of vegetation types in barrier zones on mosquito densities.

COLONISATION OF LOW- AND HIGH-QUALITY DETRITUS BY BENTHIC MACROINVERTEBRATES DURING LEAF BREAKDOWN IN A SUBTROPICAL STREAM

Publication date: Available online 20 November 2013
Source:Limnologica – Ecology and Management of Inland Waters
Author(s): Rodrigo König , Luiz Ubiratan Hepp , Sandro Santos
Leaf litter in streams is exploited by benthic macroinvertebrates, and leaf traits may influence colonisation by this group. This study aimed to compare the leaf decomposition rates, structure, and composition of the macroinvertebrate fauna colonising the litter of plant species with contrasting leaf traits. Litter bags from two native plant species ( Sebastiania brasiliensis and Campomanesia xanthocarpa ) and two non-natives ( Hovenia dulcis and Platanus × acerifolia ) were incubated in a subtropical stream. After 7, 14, 21, and 28 days, four leaf bags for each species were removed, and the leaf decomposition rates, density of organisms and trophic guilds, taxonomic richness, and functional composition of the macroinvertebrates were compared. The decomposition rates and densities of organisms, shredders, and collector-gatherers were higher for the leaves considered to be better quality, with lower C:N and Lignin:N ratios (from S. brasiliensis and H. dulcis ). Additionally, the taxonomic and functional compositions of the macroinvertebrates were different for these leaves. In contrast, the species richness and density of the other guilds showed no significant difference between species. This study shows that detritivorous groups prefer leaves of better quality, and most results may be influenced by the high nutritional content and low amount of compounds that complicate fragmentation, such as tannins, lignin, and cellulose. Therefore, the effects of the replacement of riparian plant species on the local macrofauna depend of the traits of the introduced and replaced plant, regardless of their origin

Permaculture’s Artistic Side | Ignite.me | DIY Gardens, Upcycling & Landscaping – Ignite.Me


Ignite.Me

Permaculture's Artistic Side | Ignite.me | DIY Gardens, Upcycling & Landscaping
Ignite.Me
Permaculture creates resources like food while serving an artistic purpose in the home and yard. Of course, some permaculture designers are better gardeners and not as good on the aesthetics of the design. If you hire a permaculture designer, you'll

Kaua’i triumphs over pesticide corporations — again!

On Saturday, the small island of Kaua’i prevailed over the world’s largest pesticide and genetically engineered (GE) seed corporations.

In the face of fierce industry opposition and political drama — including a mayoral veto, secret text messages, indimidation from the State and switched votes — the people demanding better protection from pesticides prevailed. The County Council voted once to pass Bill 2491, and then — to overide the mayor's veto — they did it again. Kudos to all who made this victory possible!

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What’s up with the TPP?

If you're like me, you've known for awhile that the U.S. is negotiating a new trade deal called the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), but you haven't taken the time to figure out exactly why it matters. Hey, I don't blame us — there's a reason it's hard to understand: the corporations and governments negotiating the deal don't want our opinions slowing down their shiny new free-trade agreement.

In fact, if everything goes as planned, very few of us — not reporters, only a handful of legislators, and certainly not you and me — will get to read the deal before it is signed into law. But this past week there have been some big hiccups in that plan, making me think it is actually possible to stop this thing if we all start paying attention right now.

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Agroforestry – The Revival of an Old Farming Concept – Deutsche Welle

Agroforestry – The Revival of an Old Farming Concept
Deutsche Welle
and if the roots are left intact, they will soon grow back again. Agroforestry, as it's called, dates back centuries, but now it's being rediscovered. Scientists in Germany are currently investigating whether it could be a good way to improve

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Azzara Family Trustee Scholarship assists food science students

A new scholarship created by an alumnus of Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences and his wife is benefiting students in the college with demonstrated financial need, with first preference going to those majoring in Food Science. With a $100,000 gift, C. Daniel and Wendy S. Azzara, of State College, Pa., established the Azzara Family Trustee Scholarship.

Wisconsin aims to put more female fingers on the triggers – Wisconsin State Journal

Wisconsin aims to put more female fingers on the triggers
Wisconsin State Journal
She earned her master's in agroecology — the study of food production systems — from UW-Madison in 2010 and now works with a food growers cooperative. Maynard said the natural extension of her experiences was to take a DNR hunting class last year 

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Climate-smart farming could help reduce ’emissions gap’ – experts – Reuters AlertNet

Climate-smart farming could help reduce 'emissions gap' – experts
Reuters AlertNet
“As much as we support climate-smart agriculture, we must keep in mind that it is not a magic bullet solution,” said Henry Neufeldt, head of climate change research for the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF). “Technologies must be context-specific to

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Grovetown gardener has a passion for permaculture | Columbia County News … – Columbia County News Times

Grovetown gardener has a passion for permaculture | Columbia County News
Columbia County News Times
One conversation with Belinda Messmer and it's obvious that she's passionate about her family, her faith and permaculture gardening. In fact, the Grovetown resident hopes to become a certified consultant and share the premise behind permaculture 

Guatemala’s Ambitious Project to Capture 1.8 Million Tons of Carbon – Latin American Herald Tribune

Guatemala's Ambitious Project to Capture 1.8 Million Tons of Carbon
Latin American Herald Tribune
GUATEMALA CITY – An ambitious agroforestry project to be developed over the next 20 years in a Guatemalan reserve for protecting water springs, seeks to capture 1.8 million tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) to help correct climate change on the planet.

Small Cameroon farmers nearly ready for REDD+ — with a bit of help – Reuters AlertNet

Small Cameroon farmers nearly ready for REDD+ — with a bit of help
Reuters AlertNet
REDD+ could be an opportunity to promote such agro-forestry practices. “The farmers are aware that their activities can be diversified. In Awae, for example, food crops and cocoa already contribute equal levels of income. Agro-forestry could be

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Small Cameroon farmers nearly ready for REDD+ — with a bit of help – Forests News, Center for International Forestry Research (blog)

Small Cameroon farmers nearly ready for REDD+ — with a bit of help
Forests News, Center for International Forestry Research (blog)
REDD+ could be an opportunity to promote such agro-forestry practices. “The farmers are aware that their activities can be diversified. In Awae, for example, food crops and cocoa already contribute equal levels of income. Agro-forestry could be

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Putting land-use models to work amid efforts to slow climate change – Reuters AlertNet

Putting land-use models to work amid efforts to slow climate change
Reuters AlertNet
including mitigation, adaptation and biodiversity conservation, to support landscape scale planning, focusing on planning for REDD+. This work forms part of the CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry. TOPICAL NEWS. Topical news 

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USDA highlights efforts to expand agroforestry practices – Agri News


Agri News

USDA highlights efforts to expand agroforestry practices
Agri News
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Agriculture's first-ever report on the department's role in advancing agroforesty was released by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. “Agroforestry: USDA Reports to America” details how agroforestry practices are 

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Renewable Energy Generation Hits All Time Highs in Denmark and Germany – Permaculture Magazine


Permaculture Magazine

Renewable Energy Generation Hits All Time Highs in Denmark and Germany
Permaculture Magazine
Denmark's and Germany's wind and solar electricity generation is peaking, covering much of their countries' need, setting the trend for energy systems that do not cost the Earth. Solar panels on houses in Germany via Greetechmedia. In the last month

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Agroforestry can transform rural economies – climate experts – TrustLaw


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Agroforestry can transform rural economies – climate experts
TrustLaw
Agroforestry – a farming method that integrates tree and crop cultivation – offers enormous potential for climate change mitigation in developing countries like India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, Indonesia and Sri Lanka, Neufeldt said. The approach
Climate-smart farming could help reduce 'emissions gap' Reuters AlertNet



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Agroforestry can transform rural economies – climate experts – Reuters AlertNet (blog)

Agroforestry can transform rural economies – climate experts
Reuters AlertNet (blog)
Agroforestry – a farming method that integrates tree and crop cultivation – offers enormous potential for climate change mitigation in developing countries like India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, Indonesia and Sri Lanka, Neufeldt said. The approach

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THE NEW GREEN: Wood as a sustainable energy source – UConn Daily Campus

THE NEW GREEN: Wood as a sustainable energy source
UConn Daily Campus
In fact, according to Martin Crawford, a contributor to the scholarly publication Agroforestry Research Trust, “many environmental groups are championing wood and biomass-burning as a sustainable carbon-neutral source of energy – both for heating and 

Climate & chemicals create crisis in Alaska

Indigenous communities of Inuit Yup’ik living on the St. Lawrence Island of Alaska face a tough winter ahead. For over 20 years, the communities have suffered from unusually high burdens of cancers, miscarriages and other health complications due to their high exposure to persistent organic pollutants (POPs).

Now the people of the island report a startlingly meager harvest of the walruses they rely on for food, as climate change shifts weather patterns and disrupts their traditional hunting practices. Our partners at Alaska Community Action on Toxics are raising emergency funds for these communities so we can all help them through the tough winter ahead.

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Putting land-use models to work amid efforts to slow climate change – Forests News, Center for International Forestry Research (blog)


Forests News, Center for International Forestry Research (blog)

Putting land-use models to work amid efforts to slow climate change
Forests News, Center for International Forestry Research (blog)
different sectoral policies including mitigation, adaptation and biodiversity conservation, to support landscape scale planning, focusing on planning for REDD+. This work forms part of the CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry.

President Koroma delighted with outcome of Consultative Dialogue on Sierra … – Cocorioko


Cocorioko

President Koroma delighted with outcome of Consultative Dialogue on Sierra
Cocorioko
and strengthening the concept of Knowledge to Action: that is to strengthen our joint capacity to leverage interest and investment in facilitating uptake and scaling-up of agriculture, agroforestry and forestry innovations derived from joint research

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Consultative Conference Ends in Freetown – Patriotic Vanguard

Consultative Conference Ends in Freetown
Patriotic Vanguard
among other things the generation of Agroforestry Knowledge: that is engage in strategic research, which provides solutions to problems contextualized in Sierra Leone and generate international public goods on Agroforestry; and strengthening the

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Consultative Dialogue on the Path to Prosperity ends in Freetown – Patriotic Vanguard

Consultative Dialogue on the Path to Prosperity ends in Freetown
Patriotic Vanguard
Forestry and Food Security (MAFFS) of the Republic of Sierra Leone and The International Centre for Research in Agroforestry (ICRAF) was signed committing themselves to among other things the generation of Agroforestry Knowledge: that is engage in 

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Lincoln’s Twyla Hansen named Nebraska state poet – Omaha World-Herald

Lincoln's Twyla Hansen named Nebraska state poet
Omaha World-Herald
Hansen has an undergraduate degree in horticulture and a master's degree in agroecology, both from UNL. The appointment is for five years, serving from Dec. 1 through 2018. The position of state poet was created in 1921. Hansen is the third state poet, 

Gov. Heineman names Twyla Hansen Nebraska State Poet – Lexington Clipper Herald


Nebraska Radio Network

Gov. Heineman names Twyla Hansen Nebraska State Poet
Lexington Clipper Herald
Hansen has an undergraduate degree in Horticulture and a Master's degree in Agroecology, both from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The appointment is for 5 years, serving from Dec. 1, 2013-2018. The position of State Poet was created in 1921.
Lincoln woman named state poet Lincoln Journal Star


Lincoln's Twyla Hansen named Nebraska state poet Omaha World-Herald
Twyla Hansen named Nebraska State Poet Nebraska Radio Network

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